After a run at the Public Theater, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo brings his hit solo show about the buried history of Latinos in the Americas to Broadway. More…
Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 100 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.
"One of the funniest shows in town...The working of family into the show provides the chance for sentiment to embellish the comedy. Sometimes that slows things down a bit, but it injects heart into what Leguizamo is seriously dispensing beneath all of the hilarity. And hilarity is the right word, for Leguizamo is a master of timing, physical comedy...and overall cleverness...In this show he rises majestically above what I have seen him achieve previously." Full Review
“Leguizamo's sixth solo performance...This one reveals a maturing comedian who manages to be funny, instructive, and touchingly reflective...Leguizamo's talent extends to dance moves and a mastery of dialects as he takes on dozens of characters, capturing each voice and gesture with stunning precision...His boundless energy and comic timing never seems to fail with a virtuosity that continually tops itself...As a solo performer — he ranks among the very best.” Full Review
“Delivered with his singular, wise-ass charmer persona...‘Latin History’ succeeds at conveying its message because it is infused with humor, even if bawdy. This play is no jeremiad or strident screed, but, despite its comedy, Leguizamo is dead serious...A hilarious and piercing take on the conquest of invisibility that plagues Latin American history; with his singular voice, he teaches some good lessons...serving low-brow comedy alongside meaningful, and necessary, social commentary.” Full Review
"'Latin History For Morons' is not only Leguizamo’s best work; it is also his most important and wisest...Directed by Tony Taccone, hilarious, important, and upsetting are some of the most poignant terms to describe John Leguizamo’s 'Latin History For Morons.' It is not only a must-see for theatre lovers, but also for those that believe human rights are for all." Full Review
“Leguizamo needs to make room on his shelf of accomplishments because ‘Latin History For Morons’ is a powerful, and powerfully funny lecture that should once again garner awards for its creator and professor…In this production Taccone lets his thoroughbred lead run at his own pace but has crafted a world around him that lets every aspect shine…Leguizamo is a true citizen of the world and he’s on a mission to teach a class we should all take. Now more than ever." Full Review
“This production is a sobering expression of political urgency that reflects its star’s maturation as a Latino public figure...He demands involvement from the crowd — and brings enough empathy and passion to earn it...Boisterous and joyful but also laced with sorrow, with Leguizamo beautifully communicating feelings of invisibility, inherited trauma, and even grief...The way he fights to reclaim his identity in such a fraught era feels cathartic." Full Review
"Where this show is seriously entertaining, it is also thought provoking. Leguizamo makes a strong case for the Latin people having more rights to be in America than Americans...There are lines that are so funny and sadly truthful...He manages to create an important discussions on race and intolerance, while discussing it as comedic theatre. Leguizamo’s brilliance has come a long way. Taccone directs this piece with panache and flair...This is a lesson we all need." Full Review
“He wows us with his comic characterizations and high energy Latin beat dance moves, giving us a master class in the art of putting on a personal storytelling show. What it lacks in high conflict resolution it makes up in sweet father/child dynamics...It couldn’t be delivered with such a big dose of heart and humor by anyone else but this incomparable performer...Sometimes it feels a tad bit on the light side and unfocused, but the personal drive is always present.” Full Review
“Professor Leguizamo is here to ‘undo your whole education and the entire way you think’ in approximately 100 minutes...All of these stories are told in Leguizamo's inimitable style that incorporates hilarious reenactments, impressions, and a steady stream of obscenity-laden one-liners in both English and Spanish...Even if you aren't already among the legions of whooping Leguizamo fans, you are likely to be among the converted by the time you leave.” Full Review
“Leguizamo is back, as smart, provocative and bracing as ever. And wise...He attempts to explicate 'Latin History for Morons'. The main moron being addressed, in this dazzling comedic-analytic-philosophic evening of laughter, appears to be Leguizamo himself...He effortlessly channels dozens of disparate characters...The actor still has the moves, and he doesn’t mind livening up the tempo now and then...The man knows his audience, and his Latin lesson is a treat.” Full Review
"Hilarious and surprisingly enlightening...For all its deeply felt honesty, the show is no pity party; in fact, more often, it’s a real party where audience members feel free to hoot, holler, clap, and get up and meringue...It’s a tough balancing act, one which Leguizamo manages with the skill of the most experienced tightrope walker...While he may not have the impersonation skills of the world’s greatest mimics, each of the personae he takes on are wonderfully delineated.” Full Review
“Leguizamo’s 90-minute show may best be enjoyed by theatergoers who are very familiar with the last 3,000 years of life in the Western Hemisphere...Both informative and hysterically funny in the way Leguizamo takes a subject and turns our perceptions inside out...It’s a surreal journey and most enjoyable in little offhand moments...The most fun you’ll have in a classroom since 'Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All.'" Full Review
“Leguizamo interweaves his own story with a hilarious retelling of the advances and destruction of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, and the rise of modern Latin culture...There are visual aids, many jokes and a sober mission at work, all effectively pushed to the max...The conclusion of this rich entertainment isn’t what you expect - Leguizamo’s genius rests in part in his ability to continually surprise us – which makes it all the more satisfying.” Full Review
“Leguizamo is funny, charming, has a limitless range of voices to portray his multiple characters, and above all, injects his material with a Thanksgiving-size portion of humanity....Timeless and topical...A minor negative — the many Spanish curse words and phrases were joyously funny to the Spanish speakers but unknown to others...By taking this theatrical journey, you will laugh constantly, relate to John’s family, and be more aware of the contributions of the native peoples of the Americas." Full Review
“Class is in session...Our professor is the ever-animated Leguizamo, who jubilantly lectures, provokes, and amuses...We spend 100 minutes laughing at his antics... Leguizamo presents a show that is refreshingly un-PC. No tribe escapes Leguizamo's gleeful mockery...As thrilling as it was to behold him up-close, he seems more at home on Broadway...It never feels like too much...Sadly, we don't actually learn much about pre-Columbian America...There is still a lot of digging to do." Full Review
“’Latin History’ exists on three planes – fascinating nuggets of actual history, eclectic comic shtick, and a funny, tender story of the performer’s efforts to connect with his family...He intersperses this kinetic collage with sexy, high-octane dance breaks that have been his signature...Leguizamo is maturing...For the Broadway transfer, Loreta’s still around, but she’s toned down and clarified, as are several of the jokes. Leguizamo has also sharpened his cultural and political critiques." Full Review
“Structured as a raucous historical lecture, Leguizamo’s latest, self-written solo show is exuberantly performed, well observed and often quite funny. It’s entertaining but its running time...could lead to restlessness for those who are not major fans...Though arguably a more contained format would have been more effective, with ‘Latin History for Morons’ Leguizamo succeeds at his informative and diversionary goals with tremendous flair.” Full Review
“It’s a sobering education, but ‘Latin History’ is never a slog...Leguizamo keeps us laughing all the way through...A first-rate mimic...Leguizamo has a lot of value to share and an overflow of charm to share it with. He could have used a slightly more rigorous editor: certain devices start to feel overused...And the show’s emotional plot veers towards the predictable and sentimental. But such foibles feel minor relative to ‘Latin History’s’ abundance of humor and heart.” Full Review
“Profanity, toilet humour, and touchingly inept dancing are all central to Leguizamo’s manic display of autodidacticism...Leguizamo’s boisterous, chalk-covered persona and Peter Sellers-esque gift for mimicry more than make up for any lack of historiographical subtlety...Leguizamo and director Taccone understand that you need more than a cogent political argument to hold the stage...When the show finally turns to the current president, Leguizamo’s shift from humor to anger is devastating.” Full Review
"Taccone does the only thing a self-respecting director should do. He gets out of the way...Most of the rant is frantic and funny...As dotty as his anecdotes, ad libs, history lessons, and other examples of higher learning are, it’s even more hysterical to watch him tell them....When it ends, you don’t know a thing about Latin History 101, but you do feel a little more like a moron." Full Review
“A master at solo performances...Leguizamo is most enjoyable when he’s imitating everything from friends and relatives to famous folks...Granted, not everything works here...Taccone allows Leguizamo free rein to do what he does best: Satirize history while bringing colorful characters to life with energy, wit and enthusiasm, making us all laugh about the delicate and controversial topic of diversity while showcasing the absurdity of bigotry and ignorance in American society.” Full Review
"It’s his usual combination of dead-on impressions, penetrating observations, juvenile humor and unabashed sentimentality...With a chalkboard at center stage to visualize the teaching concept (Tony Taccone’s direction is happily haphazard), Leguizamo blends his one-of-a-kind riffing, caricature and vocal impersonation into an offbeat lecture...All the while, though, he keeps returning to his family, and that’s what makes the new show particularly satisfying." Full Review
“Leguizamo is irresistible...When I caught this irreverent take on Latin history vis-a-vis Mr. Leguizamo’s familial and cultural legacy last season, I thought it was heartfelt and entertaining, if about twenty minutes too long...For the most part, I still feel the same way...Some of the more excessive segments now play more naturally. This allows the warmth of the script to shine through...You owe it to yourself to experience one of the singular and essential voices in American theater.” Full Review
"An essential part of the whole of a twenty-six-year career that finds Leguizamo thriving and still relevant...He educates his son, himself, and the audience on unsung major figures in American history through the physical comedy that has made him one of the most celebrated comedians of the last thirty years and displays an unsparing political fierceness that feels necessary in comedy right now. If Leguizamo has to grow up, he’ll force the rest of us to grow up with him." Full Review
"The confessional tone of many of his previous stage outings is on display...If we did not like Leguizamo so well, we might resent being called Morons, but we’ll let it pass. It must be galling to hail from one of the Hispanic isles — the Bronx or P.R. for example–and have us flaunt the myth that America was 'discovered' by an Italian in service to his Spanish Queen." Full Review
See it if You enjoy listening to a great, funny story teller about interesting aspects of his life. Also if you want to learn about another culture
Don't see it if You don’t like learning about other cultures in a play while being entertained
See it if You are into history with lots of sarcasm on the side as only John Leguizamo knows how to deliver it.
Don't see it if You won't get the ethnic catch phrases. John tailors his material largely to a spanglish audience. But overall you have fun throughout
See it if you want to laugh until your face hurts! I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. The entire show was absorbing; completely entertainging!
Don't see it if If you don't like humor.
See it if You are sympathetic to the mistreatment of people of color throughout history. Brings home the inaccuracy of history we learned in school.
Don't see it if Your are a member of the oppressor race and sex and don't like to be reminded of it.
See it if You have an interest in Latin American history and or want to laugh out loud with John's hilarious teaching antics.
Don't see it if You're easily offended and can't relate to guetto rage.
See it if you appreciate commentary on society and are intrigued by the topic. You are not offended by frequent racial, crude, and political jokes.
Don't see it if you dislike crude or political jokes. Naturally, there are some phrases in Spanish, but not knowing those will not ruin your experience.
See it if You're a John Leguizamo fan... and even if you aren't. His brilliant conceptualizing of Latin American history and culture hit the mark.
Don't see it if You are a fan of the moron occupying the White House & if you believe in border walls. Otherwise, go before it closes (limited run).
See it if you are a fan of John Leguizamo and his brand of off-beat, priviledge checking humor. A one-man show that does not fail to entertain.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of John Leguizamo, or if you're just too tired of apologizing for being white middle class.
See it if You like a funny one man show relevant to today with an intellectual look at the history of conquerers as they pertain to Latins.
Don't see it if Profanity disturbs you or if hearing some Spanish without translation, though it doesn't have to be. History is prevalent too
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